Postdoctoral Research Associate in Mathematical Biology
The University of Sydney

School of Mathematics and Statistics

Closing date: 28th February 2016

The University of Sydney is Australia's first university and has an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. It employs over 7500 permanent staff, supporting over 52,000 students.

The School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Sydney is a leading centre for mathematical research and education in Australia. The School attracts outstanding undergraduate students, including many who are particularly talented in the mathematical sciences, and has a large cohort of postgraduate research students. It regularly hosts overseas visitors and offers a diverse and world class research environment.

We currently seek a Postdoctoral Research Associate position in Mathematical Biology to work on a project, funded by the Australian Research Council on "Dynamics of atherosclerotic plaque formation, growth and regression". The Chief Investigators on this project are Professor Mary Myerscough, Associate Professor Charlie Macaskill (both at School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Sydney) and Dr Christina Bursill (at the Heart Research Institute, Newtown, which is a short walk away from campus). This project is funded for the period 2016-2018.

In this role you will:

  • undertake the development, analysis and numerical solution of differential equation models for immunological events in the artery wall that lead to the formation of atherosclerotic plaques and the consequent development of cardio-vascular disease and strokes
  • engage with the scientific literature and medical science community as part of model construction and evaluation
  • participate in all aspects of the project, as well as presenting research results at seminars and conferences
  • be part of the research team which includes, not only the grant holders, but also graduate students and overseas visitors
  • and write scholarly papers for publication in academic journals.

To qualify for this position, you must have:

  • a PhD in mathematics
  • experience in research in differential equation models in mathematical biology or a cognate area
  • demonstrated ability to carry out high quality mathematical research in mathematical biology
  • (only for the position with teaching duties) demonstrated competence in teaching undergraduate students.

The position is full-time fixed-term for two years subject to completion of a satisfactory probation and confirmation period for new appointees.

If you choose to carry a light teaching load, approximately 78 hours of lectures and the equivalent of 78 hours of tutorials over your tenure of the position, then the term of the position can be extended to two and a half years (30 months).

To be offered this postdoctoral research associate position for an extended term, you must agree to the teaching component when you commence. You should make clear in your application whether or not you wish to be considered for the extended position that includes teaching duties.

Visa sponsorship may be available if required.

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